Ex parte FONTANA et al. - Page 7

              Appeal No. 1998-0596                                                                                           
              Application 08/259,370                                                                                         

                                       The rejection of claims 46, 47, 49 and 50                                             

                      Our affirmance of the rejection of claims 46, 47, 49 and 50 is based only on the                       
              arguments presented by appellants in their brief.  Arguments not raised in the brief are not                   
              before us, are not at issue, and thus are considered as waived.                                                
                      Independent claim 46 is reproduced below:                                                              
                      46.  An integrated suspension/slider/transducer assembly comprising:                                   
                             a suspension;                                                                                   
                             an integrated slider and transducer mounted on the suspension, the                              
              integrated slider and transducer having an air bearing surface;                                                
                             each of the suspension and the integrated slider and transducer consisting                      
              essentially of a plurality of thin film layers formed by layer upon layer of thin film                         
                             each thin film layer having first and second thin film layer surfaces which are                 
              bounded by first and second edge surfaces and first and second side surfaces; and                              
                             the air bearing surface of the integrated slider and transducer consisting of                   
              only second edge surfaces of the thin film layers of said integrated slider and transducer.                    

                      Claims 47, 49 and 50 each depend from claim 46.  These four claims do not recite                       
              the features discussed above which distinguish the other claims from the combination of                        
              Kant and Ainslie.  None of them requires the thin films for the suspension to be deposited                     
              or formed on the integral transducer and slider.  Hereinafter, we consider the appellants’                     
              various other arguments with regard to claims 46, 47, 49 and 50.                                               
                      According to the appellants, Kant’s plastic sheets 42, 52 and 56 of the suspension                     


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